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Autopsy report: Mollie Tibbetts died from 'sharp force' wounds

A blue ribbon waves in the wind outside a store with a poster for Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
A blue ribbon waves in the wind outside a store with a poster for Mollie Tibbetts in Brooklyn on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
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Preliminary autopsy results show 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts died as a result of “multiple sharp force injuries,” according to the State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Tibbetts, a rising sophomore at University of Iowa, disappeared from Brooklyn, Iowa on July 18. Her body was found Tuesday morning in a cornfield in rural Poweshiek County.

Authorities have arrested 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, charging him with first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death. Investigators say Rivera was arrested after he allegedly confessed to the crime and led authorities to Tibbetts’ body.

Bahena is currently being held on a $5 million cash-only bond and is expected to appear in court on August 31.

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